The debts that English poetry owes to the Classics are massive and various. But they have been richly repaid by the astonishingly inventive tradition of translation to which some of the greatest poets in the English language have contributed, including Chaucer and Jonson, Dryden and Pope, Tennyson and Ezra Pound This anthology presents the wealth of this living tradition as it has never been seen before, ranging from King Alfred to contemporary poets such as Ted Hughes, and from North America to Ireland and Scotland. It offers a vast array of responses to the song, verse, and drama of ancient Greece and Rome, and to poets themselves as varied as Homer, Sappho, and Euripides; Virgil, Ovid, and Juvenal. Organized by classical author and text, it runs from the epics of Homer to the late antique world where Greek and Latin writing both faced an emerging Christian culture, and juxtaposes English versions, sometimes of the same passage or poem, to dramatize the endless re-animation of one great poetic tradition in and through another.
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Until as recently as 25 years ago, and for a millennium before that, the basis of Western European education was vested in the 'dead' languages of Latin and Greek including Homer, Virgil, Catullus and, of course, Caesar. A cornucopia of classics translated over the centuries are now in danger of being unjustly neglected. For this reason, if no other, this volume would be welcome. It is, however, a rich selection of poetry. Translations of the greats by Shelley, Cowley, Addison, Raleigh and Fleur Adcock are all here, making it as much a celebration of our millennium as the period of classical Rome and Greece. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Adrian Poole
Adrian Poole is University Lecturer in English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Jeremy Maule is Newton Trust Assistant Lecturer in English, and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.